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Inaugurates infra projects at Ganderbal, says G20 meet provided opportunity to showcase socio-economic progress of J&K

Ganderbal: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated key infrastructure projects at Ganderbal, today, which he said are testimony to the government’s commitment to accelerate the development of the district.

“Upgradation of rural roads, construction of link roads and bridges will bring economic prosperity & social empowerment in the lives of more than 4 lakh residents,” the LG.

On the occasion, the LG also congratulated the people of Jammu & Kashmir for the successful G20 meeting.

“During the G20 Tourism Working Group Meeting, the entire world has witnessed awe-inspiring socio-economic progress of Jammu Kashmir.  Faster and inclusive growth and our sustained effort to boost the tourism sector is attracting the attention of the entire world,” he added.

He said the three-day meeting of 57 delegates from 27 countries in Srinagar has infused new enthusiasm, new confidence among the people. “The way every section of the society enthusiastically participated in the G20 event is a sign of the rise of new and emerging Jammu Kashmir,” the LG observed.

“The G20 meet was a joyous occasion for the people of UT and overwhelming response, participation and achievements have been possible because of the hard work of our citizens and collectively they have brightened J&K’s image in the world,” the LG said.

“G20 meeting is the beginning of a new era and has opened the door to immense possibilities of peace and progress. The festivity around the event was a reflection of the transformation in Jammu & Kashmir,” he added.

At the inaugural ceremony, the LG reiterated the commitment of the government of inclusive development.

“Tourism and film sectors are gaining momentum with over 300 movies filmed last year and a record 1.88 crore tourists visiting the UT,” observed the LG. 

More than 9 lakh tourists visited tourist locations in Ganderbal last year, which is twice the number, as compared to 2021. Sonamarg has also become one of the favourite film shooting destinations for Film-makers from across the globe, he noted.

The LG also spoke on the on-going development works in Ganderbal and saturation of government welfare schemes in the district. He also remembered the “immense contribution” of Late Sheikh Abdul Jabbar, a prominent political figure, in the development of J&K.

The LG expressed gratitude to the people of Ganderbal for their contribution and continuous support during Mata Kheer Bhawani Mela and Amarnath Yatra.

According to an official press release, Nuzhat Ishfaq, DDC chairperson Ganderbal also spoke on the occasion and expressed gratitude to the LG -led UT administration for working for the welfare of the people.

Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary congratulated the people of Ganderbal on the inauguration of various key infrastructure projects.

The LG also handed over sanction letters and financial assistance to the beneficiaries under various schemes.

The projects inaugurated by LG include 110 mtr span Wayil Bridge; and other bridges and roads projects at Tangchatr,  Kangan, Gutlibagh, Tulmulla, Waheedpora, Peerpora Shallabugh, lower Wayil, Lar Town, Ghaniabad, Watlar Guzhama, Waskura and Srinagar-Leh National Highway to Bonizal road with links. The inaugurated projects also include WSS Baba Haniefudin and WSS Gutlibagh.

Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary, Public Works (R&B); Vijay Kumar, ADGP Kashmir; Vijay Kumar Bidhuri, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Shyambir, Deputy Commissioner Ganderbal; Ishfaq Jabbar, former legislator; PRI members, senior officers and prominent citizens were present.

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